Martin Truex Jr. scores Dover pole

Martin Truex Jr. on pole at the 'Monster Mile'

Martin Truex Jr. returned to the site of his only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and is again looking good after winning the pole for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Truex, who claimed his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and the sixth of his career, will start the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup next to Kurt Busch, the highest qualifying driver eligible for the championship.

Truex turned a lap at 159.004 mph (22.641 seconds) to edge Busch (158.983 mph) for the top starting spot. Paul Menard (158.667 mph) qualified third, followed by Chase drivers Carl Edwards (158.555 mph) and Kyle Busch (158.548 mph).

Chase leader Tony Stewart will start 28th. Kevin Harvick, second in the standings, seven points behind Stewart, starts 22nd.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will take the green flag from 12th.

“I feel like I understand what it takes to get around the place,” said Truex.

“I think, in the end, I’ve just been fortunate enough to have good race cars here. I love coming here.

“It’s a really, really challenging and difficult race track, and if you don’t like it, it’s one of those places that you’re never going to figure out, and it’s going to be difficult for you.”

QUALIFYING: AAA 400 – Dover International Speedway

POS

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

SPEED
MPH

TIME

1 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 159.004 22.641
2 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 158.982 -0.003
3 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 158.667 -0.048
4 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 158.555 -0.064
5 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 158.548 -0.065
6 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 158.507 -0.071
7 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 158.430 -0.082
8 Bobby Labonte Toyota Grilling.com / Kingsford 158.325 -0.097
9 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 158.283 -0.103
10 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Cubitron 158.165 -0.120
11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 157.888 -0.160
12 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 157.715 -0.185
13 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 157.694 -0.188
14 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 157.680 -0.190
15 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 157.673 -0.191
16 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 157.673 -0.191
17 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 157.556 -0.208
18 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 157.501 -0.216
19 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 157.439 -0.225
20 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army ROTC 157.356 -0.237
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 157.198 -0.260
22 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem “Chasing the Cure” 157.171 -0.264
23 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 157.041 -0.283
24 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 156.965 -0.294
25 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 156.822 -0.315
26 Josh Wise Ford Max Q Motorsports 156.794 -0.319
27 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 156.767 -0.323
28 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 156.760 -0.324
29 Scott Speed Ford Red Line Oil / International Trucks 156.488 -0.364
30 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 156.433 -0.372
31 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 156.250 -0.399
32 Travis Kvapil Ford Front Row Motorsports 156.230 -0.402
33 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 156.060 -0.427
34 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 155.966 -0.441
35 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 155.864 -0.456
36 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 155.709 -0.479
37 Andy Lally* Ford Interstate Moving Services 155.629 -0.491
38 Reed Sorenson Dodge Speed Energy / Mapei / Menards 155.602 -0.495
39 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 155.454 -0.517
40 Mike Bliss Ford Street King 155.373 -0.529
41 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Golden Corral 154.992 -0.586
42 Joe Nemechek Toyota AMFMEnergy.com / Pellet & Wood Stoves 154.752 -0.622
43 J.J. Yeley Ford Drive Sober, Arrive Alive 154.686 -0.632
44 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 153.820 -0.763

 

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